Source: Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children
Triad Associates, Inc. has secured a $34,885 grant from the William G. and Helen C. Hoffman Foundation for the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. This is the largest grant the organization has ever received. Thanks to five additional grants from the Lydia deForest Charitable Trust over four years, the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home has received nearly $175,000 in grant funding to date.
The Helen L. Diller Vacation Home is an all expenses paid, one-week summer haven for blind and visually impaired children and teens. While the home is free for campers, it costs the organization approximately $1,500 per child to run. The grants will help offset operation expenses and upgrade facilities, including replacing the deck and railings off the kitchen, updating the fire escape and replacing the driveway.
“This year we hit a home run with two grants that will allow us to make important repairs and upgrades,” said Chuck Covington, vice president of the board of directors for the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home. “Triad has been instrumental in helping us get this much needed funding and we look forward to campers and families enjoying the renovated facilities for years to come.”
“We are proud to support organizations like the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home that give children with disabilities a chance to participate in a once in a lifetime experience,” said Michael L. Zumpino, Chairman and CEO of Triad Associates, Inc. “The organization has an important and lasting impact on children with visual impairments and we wish them a great start to their summer season.”
Since 1972, The Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children, located at 126 27th Street in Avalon, NJ has been providing a seashore escape for visually impaired children, with supervision from experienced and certified counselors and administrators. Since many of these children come from families with limited financial means, the vacation experience is provided to them at no charge. The camp operates for eight weeks during the summer months, from mid-June to mid-August, with approximately 20 children (ages 7-15) attending weekly.
For more information, visit http://www.dillerblindhome.org/.